ABC’s Blog Hop ~ A

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  We have reset the alphabet and starting again from the letter A.  I am making it my personal goal to make it for every letter.  I missed two last year but not bad 🙂

ABC's Blog Hop

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “A”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “A” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY .  If you just came from Linda’s Blog then you are in the right place.

Now that all the decorations have come down the house feels a bit empty.  I decided I really like having a wreath on the inside of one of my doors and now it looks empty.  So why not make a wreath to take its place that has a winter feel since we are in below freezing temps here in Colorado.  I remember seeing the wonderful Snowhaven wreath featured on page 74 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and knew this would be perfect.  I used my new Cricut Explore and the Artiste cartridge to create the bow and rosettes.  I had a bit of a learning curve trying to find my Artiste images but once I learned about the codes I was all set!  So my “A” elements are Artiste and Snowhaven Assortment.

Snow haven Wreath ~ Artiste ~ Catscrapbooking.comI did make a few modifications from the one in the Idea Book, I only had one Snowhaven Assortment and Complement but they used two of each.  So I used some buttons from my stash to fill in as the centers of the rosettes.  I also decided to use the black pattern paper instead of just solid back cardstock.  I did back the bow in black cardstock so the busy pattern on the reverse would not distract from the elegance of the bow.  I cut three rosettes at one inch, seven at 1 1/2 inch and five at 2 inch.  The bow was cut at 2 1/4 inch and the tabs were at 3 inches.  The Artiste cuts can be found on pg 55 of the handbook.

Here are a couple closer photos of the details.

Close up Snowhaven Wreath ~

I did use some mat board that I had to create the circle to mount all the rosettes to.  You can not see it but it does provide a stable surface so the project can be hung.

Bow for Snowhaven Wreath ~


Supplies used:

  • Paper Pack ~ Snowhaven X7188B
  • Embellishments ~ Snowhaven Assortment Z3008, Snowhaven Complements X7188C and buttons
  • Cricut Cartridge ~ Artiste
  • Cardstock ~ Black
  • Adhesives ~ Foam tape Z1151 and Liquid Glass Z679

Now it is time to hop on over to DARLYS RECKER’s Blog and see what she has created for you today.  If you get lost along the way you can always check back with Linda’s Blog as she has the full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!


ABC’s Everything Blog Hop ~ I

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “I”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “I” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you came from LINDA’S Blog ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY  then you’re on the right track!

The main “I” that comes to mind when I was brainstorming was the Irresistibles.  I love the hexagons and have been wanting to use the Frames in a project so I then got to planning.

ABC's blog hop I_

For this card I used the following products:

  • Irresistable Frames Z1843
  • Lagoon Ink Z2195
  • Pear Ink Z2197
  • Sky Ink Z2194
  • Artiste Collection Stamp Set ~ Birthdays
  • Artiste Cartridge
  • Kraft cardstock Z1375
  • Pear cardstock X5764
  • Daisy White cardstock 1385
  • Bitty Sparkles Z1263
  • Ribbon from my stash

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is LAUREN MOORE ~ CTMH Craftings.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Happy Crafting!


Close to My Heart Cricut Collections

Have you wanted to purchase one of the exclusive Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge – Art Philosophy, Artise and/or Artbooking?   Not sure which one would be best for your paper crafting needs?  Each of these exclusive cartridges contain 700 images which are unique to each cartridge.  Each Close to My Heart Collection comes with three exclusive “D” sized stamp sets and three dimensional elements which also coordinate.

Since there are now three exclusive cartridges it can be a bit confusing when you want to start adding to your collection.  Here is a quick breakdown of the three cartridges and the video below also shows you some of the wonderful projects you can create.

Art Philosophy – This is the perfect collection for all you foundational basic and iconic shapes, tags and card bases.  It is a super versatile cartridge which is chock full of images that cover the range of your papercrafting needs.

Artiste – This collection take the foundational elements to the next level.  If you are a party planner or love three dimensional elements then this is the perfect cartridge for you, it takes papercrafting to the next level.

Artbooking – If you are a scrapbooker than this is your cartridge.  With this cartridge you can create both traditional 12×12 pages as well as themed mini-books.  You will love the versatility of this cartridge to adding borders, fonts, overlays, elements etc.

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New Idea Book preview

I was planning on posting this two days ago but it is hard to find a few minutes to sit at the computer and type with ten month old.  I was able to spend some time looking at the Fall/Winter 2012 idea book and I am so excited!!! My wish list is a mile long.  I will try and give you all some of the big highlights.

  • There is a new Cricut cartridge called Artiste!!

  • There are 62 new stamp sets – 10 coordinate with the Art of Philosophy and 15 coordinate with Artiste.
  • There are 6 new colors – Cashmere, Champagne, Saddle (browns), Whisper & Slate (greys) and Ruby (red)
  • New Markers – two of each shade which are alcohol based
  • Pigment inks in small squares which will come in stacks of 10
  • Cardstock will be available as individual colors in packs of 24 sheets no more shade packs
  • 52 new accessories
  • 5 new My Creations
  • 8 Scrapbook Workshops On The Go (WOTG); 2 card WOTG and 3 home decor WOTG

Phew, I think that covers most of the new things.  Are you excited yet???

I wanted you all to know that they are discontinuing some of the inks so if you want any of the following colors be sure to order before then end of July.

  • grey flannel
  • grey wool
  • brown bag
  • parchment
  • vanilla cream
  • amethyst
  • baby pink
  • heavenly blue
  • key lime
  • lilac mist
  • sunkiss yellow
  • taffy
  • dutch blue
  • holiday red
  • moonstruck
  • sunflower
  • sunny yellow
  • garden green
  • petal
  • spring iris
  • tulip
  • vineyard berry
  • garnet
  • pansy purple

I should receive my catalogs next week.  You will be able to start purchasing the new items August 1.  I am working on the workshops and clubs I will be offering starting in August, so be on the look out for an update on that in about a week.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

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